May 16, 1996
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Bunting Institute Composer Debuts Works Based on Poetry of Holocaust Survivors

Poetry by Holocaust survivors will be the basis for a concert of new works by composer Ruth Lomon, 1995-96 fellow at Radcliffe's Bunting Institute, on Sunday, May 19, at 8 p.m. Songs of Remembrance will be performed at the Paine Concert Hall.

The performers are Roberta Anderson, soprano; Frank Kelley, tenor; Pamela Dellal, mezzosoprano; Donald Boothman, baritone; Patricia Morehead, oboe; Patricia Sampson, flute; and Donald Berman, piano.

"The poets of the Holocaust have created a montage of voices and memories which allow us access to an otherwise unintelligible and inexpressible experience," says Lomon. "By breaking through the loss of identity and anonymity imposed by the death camps, the poet makes the subtle interconnection of the historical event and the personal reality of the Holocaust."

Poets Charlotte Delbo, Pavel Friedmann, Berthe Wizenberg Fleischer, Miriam Merzbacher-Blumenthal, Primo Levi, Nelly Sachs, and Francois Wetterwald are some of the poets whose works have been set to music in Songs of Remembrance.

Lomon's compositions include orchestral, chamber, vocal, and solo works. She has received numerous commissions and grants including those from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the New Mexico Arts Division, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her music has been published by Arsis Press and recorded by the Warsaw Philharmonic and Prague Symphony Orchestras for MMC Recordings.

Admission is free, and free parking is available at 39 Oxford St. There will be a reception following the concert at the Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave. (a short walk from Paine Hall).


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